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Central Florida Community Action Agency Alachua County Gainesville

Website: http://www.cfcaa.org/

Gainesville, FL - 32601
(352) 373-7667

Financial Help Provided: Rent Assistance, Energy Assistance

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Provides case management, direct assistance and referrals for basic needs, including rent, energy payments, transportation,
nutrition and more.
Eligibility: Needy families at or below 125% federal poverty level (income requirements depend on specific assistance)
Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm (call 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month to schedule an appointment)

The Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFCAA) is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization whose purpose is to reduce poverty and help low-income individuals and families become self-sufficient in Alachua, Levy, and Marion Counties.

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program strives to help eligible families become independent of social and public assistance. The program requires a one to two year contract to support continual progress towards self-sufficiency. A case manager will be assigned to help:
Determine strengths
Assess needs
Overcome obstacles
Acquire job training or education
Prepare for first-time home buying

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The LIHEAP program assists low-income households meet their home energy needs. The types of assistance provided includes:
Payment of heating or cooling bills
Utilities that will be disconnected due to non-payment
Deposits for beginning utility service

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Tips For Prompt And Professional Assistance
1. Make an appointment - Always attempt to make an appointment. Oftentimes this will save you hours waiting in lines. When on the phone make sure you ask for the documentation needed in order to receive assistance.

2. Do not be late for your appointment - This tip should speak for itself.

3. Dress appropriately - If you want to be treated with respect, dress as appropriately as possible. We are not saying wear a suit. Just make sure you and your clothes are clean and non offensive. We have found that clients who dress in this manner have a better chance of receiving aid.

4. Bring all pre determined documentation - Bring all of the documents you were advised to bring from your appointment phone call. Without them, you will not receive aid.

Mission Statement
To help the needy find financial aid and assistance. This nation is going through tough times and providing a helping hand can help make the world a better place.